Exposing “The Da Vinci Code”

  In addition, Roman Catholic journalist, John L. Allen, wrote a book entitled Opus Dei: Secrets and Power Inside the Catholic Church.  He was granted access to Opus personnel and records to which others were not permitted.  But: “Allen uses the fictional caricature of Opus in The Da Vinci Code to make points in Opus’ favour.  Even where criticism of Opus is unavoidable it is muted and over qualified.  This book could lead many Roman Catholic parents to take a more favourable view of Opus”.[8]

  Thus Opus Dei has managed to actually use the unprecedented interest in Brown’s book to get people interested in the organisation, and even to recruit new Opus members! 

  And the second way in which the book may actually play into Rome’s hands, is as follows: some of the things Brown writes about the Roman Catholic institution, Opus Dei, etc., are true.  But the trouble is that his book is such a mixture of some truth and much error.  So, on the one hand, there are those who have no idea what is fact and what is fiction, and therefore they believe the lies and fantasies of the author relating to the Lord Jesus Christ, His Gospel, etc.  But on the other hand, there are those who understand that it is fiction, and who come to the following conclusion: “The book is a work of fiction, by its author’s own admission; it’s just a story; it is not meant to be taken seriously; and thus there is no reason whatsoever to believe that there is anything sinister about the Roman Catholic ‘Church’.  He was writing a story, nothing more.”  And as a result, they will in the future view the works of serious researchers into Rome’s wicked doings, intrigues, plots, schemes, assassinations, etc., in the same light!  Whenever a serious work appears, exposing some aspect of the dark deeds of the Papal system, the tendency will be for many to dismiss it lightly as “a Da Vinci Code-type conspiracy theory”.  Especially as, in the light of all the negative publicity generated against it by the book, the Vatican in the days ahead goes out of its way to present itself as nothing like the kind of institution portrayed in the book.  It is a past master at slick make-overs.  As Opus Dei has already begun to do, it will claim to grant further “unrestricted access” opportunities to investigators that will be anything but unrestricted; it will exert its massive influence in the media to make certain that interviews are carefully stage-managed; etc., etc.

  Alberto Rivera, a fraud who claimed to be “an ex-Jesuit priest converted to Christ”, but who was never the former[9] and gave no evidence of being the latter,[10] played right into Rome’s hands in much the same way.  The comic book series which purports to be based on his life, published by Chick Publications, contains, like Brown’s book, certain true things about the Roman Catholic institution.  But, again like Brown’s book, they are such a mixture of truth and error.  And on the one hand, many believe everything in them, being unable to discern between truth and error; and on the other hand, many others come to the conclusion that as he misrepresented the facts on so many points, there is no reason to believe that there is anything sinister about the Roman Catholic institution.

  Either way, Satan’s purposes have been served.  And the same is true of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.

 

  Let all true believers “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3) against the Da Vinci Code fantasy!  As millions turn against the true Christ of God revealed in the Bible as a result of Dan Brown’s assault, let all who love the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only Lord and Saviour, “hold fast the faithful word” (Tit. 1:9) and “hold forth the word of life” (Phil. 2:16) to a dying and deceived world!

11 May 2006

Shaun Willcock is a minister of the Gospel, and lives in South Africa.  He runs Bible Based Ministries.  For other articles (which can be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, tapes, pamphlets, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website.  If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email mailing list, to receive all future articles, please send your details.

 

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ENDNOTES:


[1]. The Da Vinci Deception, by Roy Livesey.  Bury House Christian Books, Kidderminster, UK, 2005, pg.8.

[2]. The Da Vinci Deception, pg.8.

[3]. The Witness, April 8, 2006.

[4]. Opus Dei Versus The Da Vinci Code – Opus the Winner? 1/14/2006.  www.ianpaisley.org.  Taken from the British Church Newspaper, 6 January 2006; and The Da Vinci Deception, by Roy Livesey

[5]. The Da Vinci Hoax, by Sandra Miesel, quoted in The Da Vinci Delusion, www.frontline.org.za, 5 May 2006.

[6]. Quoted in The Da Vinci Deception, pgs.18-20.

[7]. Opus Dei Versus The Da Vinci Code – Opus the Winner? 1/14/2006.

[8]. Opus Dei Versus The Da Vinci Code – Opus the Winner? 1/14/2006.

[9]. “Alberto” – Comic Book Con Man, by Roy Livesey.  Bury House Christian Books, Kidderminster, UK, 2005.

[10]. Alberto Rivera – a False Brother (tape), by Shaun Willcock, and Is Alberto Rivera for Real? (tape and documentation package), by Donald R. Blanton.  To order these materials, go to the Bible Based Ministries’ website: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk.